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12th Annual Taste of Chocolate Festival

January 25, 2020 - January 26, 2020


January 25, 2020
January 26, 2020
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Cambridge, MA 02138 United States


Harvard Square Business Association

The wait is over!  From January 24th to 26th, the Harvard Square Business Association is thrilled to announce the highly anticipated annual Taste of Chocolate Festival.

The highlight of this beloved weekend extravaganza is the free Chocolate Tasting Event on Saturday, January 25th from 1pm – 2pm.  Please join us on Brattle Plaza (in front of Bluestone Lane, 27 Brattle Street) for heavenly chocolate treats from some of Harvard Square’s most loved restaurants and businesses!

Come early!  This celebration of all things chocolate attracts hundreds of chocoholics!  Bring your dancing shoes (or boots!  It’s a great way to burn off those calories you will consume!) – once again, our friends, Grooversity, will warm the crowd with their heart-stopping percussion combining traditional Brazilian grooves like Samba and Axe with Funk, Rock, Jazz and Hip Hop.


Businesses generously providing complimentary chocolate samples include:

Beat Brew Hall

Blackbird Doughnuts

Bluestone Lane

Cabot’s Candy


El Jefe’s Taqueria

Flour Bakery

JP Licks

Off the Beaten Path Food Tours


The Sinclair


& more….

In addition, chocolate promotions and sweet deals are on full display all weekend throughout the Square.  Businesses looking forward to welcoming you to the sweetest weekend of the year include:

Amorino Gelato

Thick, chocolaty, rich…our traditional Italian hot chocolate will satisfy all chocolate lovers! Stop by Amorino for free sampling and get a free chocolate gelato macaron with any purchase of a regular hot chocolate*

*Choose among the following flavors : coconut, almond or dark hot chocolate

Promotion available on January 25th, 2020.

Amorino Gelato,50 JFK Street, harvardsquare.com/venue/amorino-gelato/, (617) 714-4975

Black Sheep Bagel Cafe

Come in for our chocolately special on a Chocolate Chip Bagel (only during chocolate weekend!) and an extra chocolately hot chocolate or mocha latte!

Black Sheep Bagel Cafe, 56 JFK Street, harvardsquare.com/venue/black-sheep-bagel-cafe/, (617) 945-2189

Cambridge Center for Adult Education

‘Cocoa Talk and Tasting: How To Buy Ethical Chocolate’

Concerned chocoholics feel a new sort of guilt when enjoying their favorite indulgence as ethical issues arise regarding how it was sourced. In this class, we’ll trace the chain of cocoa custody back to its questionable origins and examine the major market players to become a more educated consumer. Learn what you can do as a conscientious chocoholic to make sure the beans in your bars weren’t sourced at the expense of someone else. Of course, we’ll taste a variety of ethically-sourced chocolates. Instructor: Victoria Kichuk

Thursday, 5:30-7:30pm. $55. Register here!

Cambridge Center for Adult Education, 42 Brattle Street, harvardsquare.com/venue/cambridge-center-for-adult-education, (617) 547-6789

Capital One Café

Capital One 360 Café will be offering  chocolate covered cherries and espresso, peppermint barks, and peppermint covered Oreos. Small size drinks are on the house, and will cover anything that is Chocolate based, Hot Chocolate, Mocha based, etc., from 1-2 p.m. on Saturday, at the cafe.

Capital One Café, 24 JFK Street, harvardsquare.com/venue/capital-one-360-cafe/, (617) 299-2669

El Jefe’s Taqueria

El Jefe’s will be offering their Mexican hot chocolate for $1 for all three days of chocolate weekend!

El Jefe’s Taqueria, 83 Mount Auburn Street, harvardsquare.com/venue/el-jefes-taqueria, (617) 945-1986


Grafton Street Pub & Grill

Our chocolate cocktail will be a liquid twist on a peanut butter cup! Come by and try the H.B.’s Manhattan:

Peanut Butter Whiskey, Tempus Fugit Chocolate Liqueur, Reese’s Cream, Shaved Chocolate

Grafton Street Pub & Grill, 1230 Massachusetts Avenue, harvardsquare.com/venue/grafton-street-pub-grill, (617) 497-0400

Grendel’s Den

Grendel’s Den will be featuring two chocolate drinks during chocolate weekend:

Captain’s Cocoa: Hot chocolate with Captain Morgan’s Rum and Bailey’s ($10.50)

Mocha Slide: Crater Lake Hazelnut Espresso Vodka, Georgi Vanilla Vodka, Bailey’s, cold brew coffee, and chocolate syrup served on the rocks. ($10)

Grendel’s Den, 89 Winthrop Street, harvardsquare.com/venue/grendels-den-restaurant-bar, (617) 491-1160


Stop by Moleskine to receive 15% OFF on your Recipe Journal purchase so you can take note of all the delicious chocolates you try today!

Moleskine, 35 Brattle Street, harvardsquare.com/moleskine617-714-4332

Off the Beaten Path Food Tours & Experiences

Use code HARVARD SQUARE at checkout on our website for 10% off any tour scheduled for the weekend!

Off the Beaten Path Food Tours, harvardsquare.com/services/beaten-path-food-tours-and-experiences



Parsnip will be featuring a Red Velvet Brownie with White Chocolate (nut free) during chocolate weekend for $9!

Parsnip, 91 Winthrop Street, harvardsquare.com/venue/parsnip/, (617) 714-3206

the red house

Come join the red house as they serve their special menu during the Chocolate Festival weekend!

the red house, 89 Winthrop Street, harvardsquare.com/venue/the-red-house, (617) 576-0605

Saloniki Greek

Stop by to have our made-to-order Greek donuts with Nutella drizzle!

Saloniki Greek, 181 Massachusetts Avenue, harvardsquare.com/venue/saloniki-greek/, (617) 714-5152

Shake Shack

Score a free scoop of frozen custard with a $10 purchase at Shake Shack Harvard Square. Use code CHOCOLATE20 on our app or order.shakeshack.com to redeem.

Offer valid exclusively at Shake Shack Harvard Square on from 1/24/2020 to 1/31/2020 using the Shack App and order.shakeshack.com. One-time use only. Must be signed into account for discount to apply at checkout.

Shake Shack, 92 Winthrop Street, harvardsquare.com/venue/shake-shack/, (617) 758-8495

Sheraton Commander Hotel

For the 12th Annual Taste of Chocolate Festival we are offering traditional rooms (King, Double/Double, or Queen) for $99.00 per night with a special chocolate welcome amenity. It is available for Friday and/or Saturday nights only and the rate expires on Friday, January 24th for any new reservations. Click here to book your stay!

Sheraton Commander Hotel, 16 Garden Street, harvardsquare.com/venue/sheraton-commander-hotel-2/, (617) 547-4800